People's Defense League conference itinerary (page 1)

People's Defense League

Amistad Research Center

Amistad Research Center
New Orleans, United States

The People's Defense League was founded in 1941 by Ernest J. Wright. Born in Kenner, Louisiana, Wright attended Xavier University of Louisiana in the 1930s. His career in labor organizing served as the launching for his political organization. The league served as a civil rights organization that ran voter registration drives and protested police violence. Wright gained support for the League by travelling across New Orleans and Louisiana addressing churches, unions, NAACP branches, PTAs, etc. By 1946, the League had registered 5,000 voters in New Orleans and by 1950 it had developed chapters in twenty-six parishes. This is a 1955 People's Defense League conference itinerary.


  • Title: People's Defense League conference itinerary (page 1)
  • Creator: People's Defense League
  • Subject Keywords: Civil rights--Louisiana, African American political activists
  • Type: document
  • Rights: Physical rights are retained by the Amistad Research Center. The materials in this exhibition are being made available for personal and scholarly research use only. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws. If you are the rightful copyright holder of an item represented in this exhibition and wishes to have it removed, please submit a request to reference@amistadresearchcenter.org including proof of ownership and clear identification of the work, preferably with URL.
  • Repository: Amistad Research Center
  • Date: 1955-04-24
  • Collection: M. W. Prince Hall Grand Lodge F.&A.M. of Louisiana records

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